Middle East Meltdown – Causes and Consequences – A Luncheon Discussion
April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions, and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries.
Ret. Amb. Ryan Crocker will present on issues pertaining to the Middle East and the cause and effects of the United States’ engagement in the region. Ambassador Crocker is one of the top experts in this region – when President Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he called him “America’s Lawrence of Arabia.”
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Registration and Networking – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Speaker – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
The Omni William Penn Hotel – Bob & Dolores Hope Room
530 William Penn Pl,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
$35 for members
$50 for non-members
$20 for students or active military/veterans with ID
Scroll down below registration for detailed information about Ambassador Crocker.
About Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Ambassador Ryan Crocker is a career ambassador within the U.S. Foreign Service. He was in the Foreign Service for 37 years and, after retiring, was recalled to active duty by President Obama in 2011 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. His previous appointments included service as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Mr. Crocker became dean of Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2010; he currently a Diplomat in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, for the academic year 2017-2018
Mr. Crocker has received many of the nation’s highest honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award; the Presidential Distinguished Service Award; the State Department Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award; the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award; the State Department Distinguished Honor Award; The Award for Valor; three Superior Honor Awards and the American Foreign Service Association’s Rivkin Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Broadcasting Board of Govenors, and the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps International.
Born in Spokane, Washington, in a Air Force family, he lived in Morocco, Canada, and Turkey before attending Whitman College. When he stepped down as Ambassador in Kabul in 2012, Ambassador Crocker was named an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corps.